FILM: Magic Mike
Mike (Channing Tatum) is an entrepreneur. A man of many talents and loads of charm, he spends his days pursuing the American Dream from as many angles as he can handle: from roofing houses and detailing cars to designing furniture from his Tampa beach condo.
But at night… he’s just magic.
The hot headliner in an all-male revue, Magic Mike has been rocking the stage at Club Xquisite for years with his original style and over-the-top dance moves. The more the ladies love him, the more they spend, and the happier that makes club owner Dallas (Matthew McConaughey).
Seeing potential in a guy he calls the Kid (Alex Pettyfer), Mike takes the 19-year-old under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of dancing, partying, picking up women and making easy money. It’s not long before the club’s newest act has fans of his own, as the summer opens up to a world of fun, friendship and good times.
Meanwhile, Mike meets the Kid’s captivating sister, Brooke (Cody Horn). She’s definitely someone he’d like to know a lot better, and it looks like he has a chance…until his lifestyle gets in the way.
The idea of making a movie set in the world of male strippers had been simmering with Tatum for a long time. Having once been a part of that world, he felt it had real cinematic potential to be fun, unique, entertaining…and more than a little revealing. But it was a conversation he had with director Steven Soderbergh that finally put ‘Magic Mike’ on its path to the big screen.
Tatum, who stars in the title role and is also a producer on the film, recalls, “I mentioned that I’d worked as a stripper for eight months when I was 18 and 19 years old.
I’ve always thought about doing a story about that life because whenever the subject comes up, guys always want to know about it. ‘How’d you get into it?’ ‘What was it like?’ ‘How much money did you make?’ Steven said, ‘You should do it. Absolutely.
You should write it and I’ll direct it.’”
“I thought it was one of the best ideas I’d ever heard for a movie,” says Soderbergh. “It’s sexy, funny and crazy, and a view into an interesting, exclusive environment most people never experience.”
CAST: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, Matt Bomer, Riley Keough, Joe Mangianello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias
DIRECTOR: Steven Soderbergh